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MeSH Database

Database selection menu, selecting MeSH Database.

As you learned, earlier in this tutorial, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are used by indexers to describe articles for MEDLINE records. The MeSH Database is like a thesaurus that enables you to explore this vocabulary. It allows you to:

MeSH Database home page.

  • Locate and select MeSH terms, (Headings, Subheadings, & Publication Types); Supplementary Concept terms (Substance Names) and Pharmacological Action terms for PubMed searching.

  • See the definition and other helpful information for a MeSH term.

  • Display MeSH terms in the hierarchy, and discover what terms are included in automatic explosion.

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Last Reviewed: November 17, 2019